Flo The Action wrote:Let’s get a few things clear here. I’m not a naive fan neither am I missing the big picture. Contrary to what you are saying this situation isn’t resting on kalrsson (or necessarily on duchene).
This whole mess falls on this group and management and to an equal extent ownship.
The fact that a drop in kalrsson’s ability coincides with a drop in the team’s winning is worrisome to say the least. We should be more than a one man team. The fact that management thought that by replacing an equally good player as Turris by a guy like duchene also points to their im ability to see or adress the glaring holes in this line-up. Adding duchene would have been great, replacing Turris for duchene is a sideways move at best. This also signaled that the org is still working under an internal budget. And if you think kalrsson hasn’t figured that one out then you’re largely mistaken. If anything he’s voiced his displeasure at ownership several times throughout his tenure here. So let’s not be surprised if Now there are rumblings of him wanting to hit FA. This does fall on ownership and management. Yes it was their job to make this team competitive to show him we could compete but still decided to do it on a budget. I’m sorry but going all in often requires he team to max themselves to the cap. That hasn’t been shown yet.
I fear that if a change in ownership doesn’t happen more or less by July we might as wel l kiss our chance to resign him (and duchene). Where would that leave us? Well I’m not sure but unlike a lot of people I’m not comfortable with a reset, or rebuild. It seems like management has put their eggs in on basket and is hoping to win the cup. I’m sure we could recoup some assets from karlsson and duchene. But it’s unlikely we could walk away with a generational talent. Those seem to wind up winning cups in the end. I also don’t think this is it for kalrsson as a top player. I’m not sure this injury will hamper him forever but I’m not a doctor. All I know is trading kalrsson will not do this fan base any favours, will not sell tickets and will downvalue the worth of this franchise. I lo think that the make-up of this team, the age of its players and the age of their prospect place them Ina win now mode and not a restart.
If this organization is to maximize its value it needs to go all in in the long run(not really just this year) it needs to acquire players that can compete now and can add not switch sideways players in the line-up. We need upgrades. Boucher is playing guys that he is given. He can’t make create miracles. Like all coaches we can disagree with some decisions(mainly oduya) but if that means we are losing a game then we aren’t built to win anyhow.
I’ll repeat. We need a top 4 Dman added and a top 6 forward. I’m a strong believer that even if we miss the playoffs, if we can finish the year strong of competing for a spot it will go a long ways to resigning both duchene and kalrsson. But the thing I want the most is a change in ownership. Melnyk has poisoned this team and the players for years with what his statement and the style of management he’s imposed on this team to the point where it’s reflected in what players say.
Let's get one thing straight, Karlsson has no impact on the future value of the franchise. Players come and go, he will be replaced eventually, and new stars emerge. The franchise value is not dictated by a Swedish defenceman who has never won a Cup.